CALDWELL - FFA Chapters across Idaho are selling raffle tickets for an antique tractor. Proceeds will provide scholarships and support the Idaho FFA Foundation.
Sid and Pam Freeman, who farm near Caldwell, donated a 1940 Farmall H tractor to the Idaho FFA Foundation. Each FFA Chapter in the state was issued 60 tickets which can be purchased for a $10 donation to the Idaho FFA Foundation. The drawing for the tractor will be held April 8 during the Idaho State FFA Leadership Conference at the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls. The tractor will be on display at CSI and raffle tickets will be available on April 6 and 7.
The goal is to raise $50,000 with 60 percent going towards post-secondary scholarships for FFA students, 25 percent to the Foundation itself and 5 percent to the chapter designated on the winning ticket. The remaining 10 percent will be used for promotional expenses and to purchase a tractor for a future raffle.
Although the Freemans began this as a one-year project, support has been so overwhelming it has become a multi-year project. In fact, two more tractors have already been donated for the next two years.
“Every single person I have talked to has been on board immediately,” said Sid Freeman. “Just because they value the FFA program so much.”
National statistics show that kids who participate in the FFA curriculum are more likely to become leaders in their communities later, Freeman said. It may be the only curriculum that gives them experience in business math and budget management. They also get exposed to wide variety of vocational experiences. All of this better prepares FFA kids for the real world experiences after high school no matter what they go on to.
“We just hope that the communities of Idaho will see the value of the FFA curriculum and appreciate it as much as we do, and step forward to donate to the program by purchasing tickets from the kids in their communities,” he added.
Donations from area businesses helped restore the 1940 Farmall H tractor including Burks Tractor and Implement of Twin Falls and Caldwell that donated the primer, paint and decals. All of the Les Schwab stores in Idaho donated new tires for the tractor. GSL Soda Blasting, Caldwell, sand blasted the tractor. The Paint Guy, Adrian Ore., painted the tractor. G & R Ag Equipment, Caldwell, donated a 25-gallon, 12-volt sprayer and mounted it on the tractor. Campbell Tractor donated a new muffler and seat cover for the tractor, J&J Machinery, Notus, donated a tune job on the carburetor and engine.